|Leagues||Lithuanian Basketball League,
Baltic Basketball League
|Arena||Ekinstos laisvalaikio centras
|Team colors||Yellow and Green
|Championships||1 Baltic Basketball League Challenge Cup
1 Lithuanian Basketball A League Championship
BC „Sakalai“ is a professional basketball club based in Vilnius, Lithuania playing in the Lithuanian Basketball League and the Baltic Basketball League. They play their home games at the 1,000-seat Ekinstos laisvalaikio centras.
- 1 Franchise history
- 2 Players
- 3 Season by season
- 4 Former famous players
- 5 Championships
The beginning and LKAL Champions (1991–1994)
BC Sakalai began playing in 1991 at the Lithuanian Basketball A League (LKAL). In 1994, Sakalai managed to win the LKAL Championship and in June 1994, the Lithuanian Basketball League (LKL) Committee accepted them into the LKL.
LKL debut (1994–1995)
In their debut season, Sakalai finished in 8th place (17 wins and 23 losses). Their first win was against Kaunas Neca – 100:88. In the playoffs, Sakalai lost the series 0–2 in the first round to BC Žalgiris.
LKL, Korać Cup and Saporta Cup (1995–1999)
Playing in the LKL and BBL (1999–2008)
Since 1999, Sakalai have become the second best team in Vilnius after Lietuvos Rytas. In the 1999–2000 LKL season, Sakalai won 4th place, being unable to repeat in 3rd place. In the 2000–2001, 2001–2002, and 2002–2003 LKL seasons, Sakalai finished in 6th, 6th, and 5th places respectively.
In 2003–2004 and 2004–2005 LKL seasons, Sakalai were one away from 3rd place, but lost to BC Šiauliai both times. Also, in 2005, Sakalai competed in the first Baltic Basketball League, winning 6th place. The next three seasons, Sakalai won 5th, 7th, and 7th places respectively.
BBL Challenge Cup winners (2008–2009)
In 2008, Sakalai continued playing in the Baltic Basketball League Challenge Cup. On April 11, Sakalai won the 2008–09 BBL Challenge Cup, defeating BK VEF Rīga 84–77. They lost the series 2–1 to KK Nevėžis for the opportunity to play in the Elite Division and will have to play in the BBL Challenge Cup during the 2009–10 season.
The team's success quickly ran out, and in the next few seasons they plummeted to the bottom in the LKL standings. In 2013, after a very poor season (finishing second to last), BC Sakalai was ejected from the LKL do to very poor financial situation. The sitution of the team is left uncertain.
BC Sakalai roster
Season by season
|Season||League||Pos.||Significant Events||Baltic League||Pos.||LKF Cup||European Competitions|
|1995–96||LKL||5||Quarterfinalist||–||–||–||Played Korać Cup|
|1998–99||LKL||3||Bronze medal||–||–||–||Played Saporta Cup|
|1999–00||LKL||4||Semifinalist||–||–||–||Played Saporta Cup|
|2008–09||LKL||7||Quarterfinalist||Challenge Cup||1||Eighth finalist||–|
|2009–10||LKL||9||–||Challenge Cup||3||Second round||–|
|2011–12||LKL||10||–||Challenge Cup||3||First round||–|
Former famous players
- Simas Jasaitis 2000–2001
- Mindaugas Lukauskis 2001–2002
- Marius Prekevičius 2001–2002
- Renaldas Seibutis 2003–2005
- Martynas Gecevičius 2004-2007
- Mindaugas Kuzminskas 2006-2007
- Ramūnas Šiškauskas 1996–1998
- Dainius Šalenga 1998–2000
- Baltic Basketball League Challenge Cup champions: 2009
- Lithuanian Basketball A League champions: 1994